Mamata stresses land bank at Singapore summit, observers sceptical

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Singapore, Aug 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said in an industrial summit here that although land is not a problem for indutrialisation in her state, she is against the idea of acquiring land by force. As an alternative, her government has land bank to support industrialisation in West Bengal.

On Tuesday, the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, had wanted to know from Banerjee whether Bengal has any land-related problem. The West Bengal chief minister had stressed the idea of land bank then as well.

According to Bengali media reports, the government of West Bengal failed to attract any major industrial proposal in the first three days of the chief minister's visit. A few memoranda of understanding have been signed between the two sides till now.

Banerjee said at the summit that she is against acquiring land by force

Industrial groups and the Opposition said the chief minister did not say anything new at the summit and her idea of land bank has failed to convince industrialists so far for it doesn't suit the need of big industries and also speaks little about the necessary infrastructure. Moreover, it has been said that not all land available in the state government's bank is useful for industrialisation.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Dev, one of the most popular Bengali film actor, was the centre of attraction at the dinner party which was organised by the Singapore Bengali association on Wednesday night. The MP was found dancing with the members of the association, which made the chief minister say that it was for her that the actor-politician got a welcome break amid a tight schedule. Dev was set to return to Kolkata on Thurdsay.

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